Oakcrest Then and Now

Choir
Oakcrest School's official music program was started by Mrs. Anne Miller in 2002. She began in her first year by establishing an Upper School choir class. The following year, Middle School choirs were added. Today, Oakcrest has a Concert Chorus, a Liturgical Choir (which sings at Mass every Friday, as well as at special occasions such as Baccalaureate Mass), and sixth, seventh, and eighth grade choirs.

Our Concert Chorus has been able to participate in many amazing performance opportunities over the years. Students have sung with the McLean Orchestra, at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast in Washington, DC, and in various churches throughout Italy. During its most recent pilgrimage to Italy, the Chorus sang with the Sistine Chapel Choir in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome for the Feast of Mary, the Mother of God. Its most recent special project was collaborating with The Smithsonian Center for Folk Life & Cultural Heritage on a video to promote America’s rich cultural heritage of folk music among young people. 

Spirit Week

Spirit Week has always been a time for the whole school community to come together to celebrate Oakcrest through friendly competition and fun! Some things have remained the same throughout the years: students dress up according to a theme each day of the week, there’s the Class Cheer competition, and Field Day.

Oakcrest now has two spirit weeks, one in the fall and one in the spring. Spirit Week in the fall includes an All-School Service Day and a school-wide game of capture the flag. In the spring, we have the Oakcrest Talent Show, and—for the first time ever this year—a carnival to raise money for Oakcrest’s school charity. During the 2004-2005 school year, Oakcrest’s mascot, Charlie the Charger, came into existence! Charlie has helped promote school spirit at pep rallies and other events. Our first Charlie was Grace (Cynkar ‘05) Hearn. 

Service

Service is an important part of character formation at Oakcrest, and Oakies have always been eager to help those in need in their surrounding community. In the 80s, Oakcrest had a Service Club. Members would help others in a variety of ways, from setting up for school assemblies to visiting the elderly at the Washington Home. Today, service at Oakcrest has grown to include All-School Service Day, the Service Initiatives Program, and a recent international mission trip. On All-School Service Day, the entire school community takes a morning to volunteer at organizations in the Northern Virginia/DC area. The Service Initiatives Program is comprised of student service coordinators who organize and manage different monthly service projects. In 2019, Oakcrest sent its first ever mission trip team to Kingston, Jamaica, to work with Mustard Seed Communities, an organization serving 400 children, young adults, and families who belong to the most vulnerable groups in Jamaican society. Additionally, every student completes a number of service hours each semester either within her family or the local community. Our alumnae community continues the Oakcrest tradition of service during Alumnae Week—last year Oakies came together for the first Alumnae Day of Service, helping to put together layette sets and bundle items for
A Woman’s Choice in Herndon, Virginia.

Alumnae Faculty and Staff

Since its founding, Oakcrest has had a total of 27 alumnae return to serve as faculty and staff members. The very first alumnae to serve on Oakcrest's faculty/staff were Lisa Coyne ‘80 and Eileen (Schnabel '89) Byler in 1992. While at Oakcrest, Lisa served as Director of Admissions and Eileen taught 8th and 9th grade history. Today, we are proud to have seven Oakies serving on our faculty and staff: Monica Kolf ‘01 (Math), Anna Diederich ‘17 (Mathematics), Kathleen Ouyang ‘07 (History), Meghan Hadley ‘06 (Dean of Students, History), Nancy (Williams '98) Miggins (School Nurse), Maritere (Gramatges '91) Crum (Alumnae Relations Coordinator), and Caroline Heeter '97 (Middle School Athletic Director).

Mentoring

Mentoring has been a pillar of the Oakcrest education since day one of the school’s founding. Members of the Oakcrest faculty and staff meet regularly one-on-one with students, giving them guidance and encouragement in academics, friendships, and service to others. Acting in partnership with the parents, the mentors guide each student as she works on her own personal growth. The program used to be called Advising, and originally there were far fewer mentors; each one met with fifteen to twenty students. Today, the program has expanded, with 70% of Oakcrest faculty and staff serving as mentors. Most mentors have between 5 and 6 mentees who they meet with at least once a month. 

Theatre

In the 1980s and 1990s, Oakcrest students brought amazing variety shows to the stage, offering audiences a broad swath of talent in different small acts that included singing, dancing, musical performances, and acting. In the early 2000s, the school shifted to full-length dramatic productions. Students now have the opportunity to act in both plays and musicals. Oakcrest puts on three theatre productions a year, a Middle School show in the fall, an Upper School show in the spring, and an Evening of Drama for both Middle and Upper School students in May.

Sixth Grade

Oakcrest originally began as a 7th-12th grade school. In the 2003-2004 school year, Oakcrest welcomed its first class of sixth graders—the Class of 2010! Today, students who attend Oakcrest from 6th-12th grade are known as "acorns," and receive special recognition at their graduation ceremony. The Class of 2010 had ten acorns. Watch a video highlighting the Oakcrest acorn journey here.

6th Grade

College Counseling

College Counseling at Oakcrest started out small and was initially called  "Guidance Counseling." Over the years, this department has expanded so much and offers students so many wonderful resources. Our College Counseling Director provides services such as: 

- Individually advising seniors and their families as they move through the college research, application, and selection process
- Meeting individually with Juniors & their parents in December, Sophomores & their parents in March, and Freshmen in groups in February. 
- Hosting college admissions representatives throughout the fall
- Conducting counselor calls in fall and spring to advocate for our students and also answer any questions about Oakcrest the college may have
- Organizing and implementing Junior College Day in April and Senior College Application day in October
- Organize Fall & Spring Parents' College Night
- Administering the PSAT in October, and the SAT in April 
- Administering AP Exams 

College Counseling

Gala & Auction

Do you remember the first Oakcrest Gala and Auction on our McLean campus in 2002?  In the inaugural Gala, we raised a total of $67,386; in 2021, thanks to the generosity of our community, we raised $229,109! We're grateful for other Oakcrest families who have been deeply involved in the Gala over the years, including the Heeters, the Smiths and the McCreerys. The Auction and Gala has grown and changed over the years, from its humble beginnings at school to moving to more spacious locales such as the Congressional Country Club, and then to a fun virtual format during COVID—but no matter how it looks, there's always lots of laughter and a creative celebration of Oakcrest. Swipe through the pictures to get a look at how the Gala has evolved!

Gala & Auction

STEM

Do you remember science classes at Yuma? Or the lab at our McLean campus? We're grateful for teachers such as Dr. Deeb and Ms. Savino, who showed us how fun math and science could be! We've come a long way from the simple science rooms at Yuma and McLean—today, our permanent campus has two spacious, state-of-the-art labs. Enjoy some pictures of STEM at Oakcrest through the years.

STEM at Oakcrest

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